Friday, February 19, 2010


Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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As promised, more responses from the Lust Survey:

What attracts you to someone first?

Theirs eyes and lips are the first. Second is the body type.

Smile, bra size, derrier size and hair color. All in one fell swoop.

Pretty hair and sexy lips. Of course all the other stuff is important, but those two features are more specific to women than many other features, so I use them as a barometer of what kind of girl she is.


Eyes and swagger.

Their hair, eyes and sense of humor. The sound of their voice is important too.

Their attitude. Hot chicks can be hot all day, but the second they open their mouth and have nothing to say or have nothing to offer in conversation, boredom sets in.

Y-chromosomes. Ability to stand or not. Depends on how much I want to work for it.

I look at their hands. If they have big strong man hands, I like. If they look more girly than mine, I'm out.

Foxy glasses, unique style and a quick wit. Also, one cocktail too many.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Reports are surfacing that car dealer Tom Ganley, who was challenging Rob Portman in the Republican primary to be the U.S. Senate candidate, has bailed on that race and will instead challenge second-term Congresswoman Betty Sutton in Ohio’s 13th district, which sprawls from Lorain to Akron.

Ganley is wealthy and has a boatload of money to spend, but he might need a new message. This, for instance, will be singularly difficult to deploy against Sutton:

“The government does not know better than the people how to spend money. The Government does not know better than the people how to distribute charity. The government does not know better than businesses where to invest and what to build. Much of the tax dollars it takes out of our economy, it wastes. It doesn't manage even essential services very well, why should we give it more money to use badly?”

Yes, it’s terrible writing. It’s even worse thinking. It will be interesting to hear what Ganley says when Sutton asks him why, if he has issues with government “distributing charity” or telling businesses “where to invest and what to build,” he was at the head of the welfare line with his hand out. Sutton’s crowning achievement in her three years in Congress was authoring last year’s Cash for Clunkers legislation, which flooded car dealers — like Ganley — with money that shored up their businesses in a difficult economic climate. I’ve been unable to find evidence that Ganley’s Ford dealerships rejected customers buying a car from him with Cash for Clunkers money, or that Ganley was so ashamed of accepting government charity that he gave his windfall to the poor.

We’ll see if he wants to be tagged the biggest hypocrite in politics by continuing to flog this message against the woman who signed his welfare check, or if he’ll do some fancy footwork and switch back to the good old God, guns and gays narrative. — Anastasia Pantsios

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Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio isn't done whipping Cuyahoga County transition leaders into shape.

The ACLU last week helped to pry open Cuyahoga County meetings that aimed to shape the county's new government in secrecy. The ACLU has now asked transition leader Jim McCafferty, and the county commissioners who appointed him to oversee the transition, to explain how officials formed the committees that will work during those meetings.

In a letter to McCafferty, the ACLU asks transition leaders to cough up records that show how McCafferty and two other county administrators organized a transition executive committee and 11 sub-committees. Those committees will meet throughout the year and draw up recommendations for the county's new charter government, which goes into effect January 1, 2011.

The transition process — put in the hands of McCafferty and county administrators Gary Holland and Joseph Nanni — has gotten off to a bumpy start after the revelation that the 12 committees would do much of their work in private, away from reporters and the public. McCafferty, Holland and Nanni were appointed to oversee the transition to the new charter government by the standing board of commissioners, and McCafferty has said that it is impossible for three people to oversee such a task.

The issue became muddier after McCafferty's decision to work with New Cuyahoga Now, the campaign group that successfully pushed for the new charter. Several members of that group — led by former Parma Heights mayor Marty Zanotti — sit on committees.

The committees are a blend of public administrators and private-sector suits, including executives from Eaton Corp., KeyCorp and the Cleveland Clinic; lawyers with powerful firms Jones Day and Thomspon Hine; and heads of small enterprises. Politicians including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and State Senator Nina Turner are also involved.

No word yet on how county officials will respond to the ACLU's demand. — Damian Guevara

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Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Forbes magazine has ranked Cleveland its Most Miserable City, above (or below) Detroit, Chicago, and New York City. The New York City-based magazine formulated a Misery Measure that factors in nine elements that contribute to a bad reputation and day-to-day aggravation.

"Cleveland secured the position thanks to its high unemployment, high taxes, lousy weather, corruption by public officials and crummy sports teams (Cavaliers of the NBA excepted)," Forbes concludes.

Which, of course, is only news if you don't make it to the Cleve often. The Misery Measure does not take into account factors that make Cleveland a swell place to live, like ample cheap parking, the average quality of bar food, inexpensive rent and being able to claim a LeBron James connection.

Read the whole piece. In the comments section, feel free to ask how the Knicks are doing. — D.X. Ferris

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Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Geauga county lawyer/nurse/former appeals court judge Bill O’Neill announced rceently that he’s coming back to take another shot at Congressman Steve LaTourette (R-14). About two dozen supporters gathered at the terminus of the RTA Blue Line Rapid at Van Aken and Warrensville roads in Shaker Heights to shiver and cheer through a speech which O’Neill repeated several times for the benefit of the video crew he brought along.

It’s part of the new-style campaign O’Neill says he will mount this time. In 2008, he followed the discouraging rule of contemporary campaigning: spend most of your time fundraising. Incumbent LaTourette, with his corporate buddies (one of his big donors was Robert Murray, owner of the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah that collapsed and killed six miners in 2007) and lobbyist pals (he dumped his first wife while canoodling with a lobbyist who became his second wife), easily outraised him 3-1. LaTourette routed O’Neill by 20 points.

This time, O’Neill says, he’s going to focus on grassroots organizing and Internet campaigning — or both. A pair of 18-year-old high-school seniors from Perry showed up at the event, having heard about it from Facebook, and were promptly asked by O’Neill to captain his organizing efforts in their community. He’s planning to recruit a volunteer captain in each of the 50 communities in the district, which covers Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties, plus snippets of Portage, Summit, Trumbull and Cuyahoga.

The Shaker Heights rapid station isn’t in O’Neill’s district; he was there to make a point. He hit on three themes in his announcement speech: the expansion of commuter rail to communities like Solon and Painesville; tightening banking regulations so that money would start flowing again to communities; and universal access to affordable health care.

While some might see O’Neill’s race as futile, his entrance in the race gives Democrats a serious contender just in the nick of time. With primary petitions due February 18, the only other Democratic to step up is perennial candidate Dale Virgil Blanchard, who faced LaTourette in 2002 (the year he was first elected) with dismal results. He was beaten in the Democratic primaries in 2004, 2006 and 2008. — Anastasia Pantsios

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Rock Ventures, the company that owns the Cavaliers, runs the Quicken Loans Arena, and will operate the Cleveland casino made possible by the state constitutional amendment it wrote and promoted, is considering opening a temporary casino, possibly in the old Higbee’s building. And that's all there is to report right now about one of the biggest political developments of 2009.

“Right now our main priority is to secure a casino operator, and [we] hope to select this partner by the spring,” says Jennifer Kulczycki, Rock’s spokesperson for the project. “We also plan to exercise our options on the site and finalize our purchase in the first half of the year. We’re ultimately working toward a groundbreaking in late 2010.”

The Ohio General Assembly has until June 1 to adopt legislation to implement the amendment that will allow casinos to open in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toldeo.

In December, Len Komoroski, president of Quicken Loans Arena and the Cavaliers, told Scene that Rock Ventures will not seek any kind of public subsidy for the Cleveland project, from sewage infrastructure to roadway upgrades. “The casino will be privately financed, as well [as] the infrastructure surrounding it,” said Komoroski. — D.X. Ferris

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 10:46 AM

After last week’s hubbub about secret meetings by the Cuyahoga County transition team, the first open forum on Issue 6-mandated government restructuring takes place tonight: a “public engagement” session at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Public Affairs.

Transition leader Jim McCafferty will be asking for ideas on how to keep people involved during the transition. The restructuring process got off to a rocky start after McCafferty and transition co-chair Marty Zanotti, on a local radio show, said that many transition meetings would take place behind closed doors. Their announcement caused public outcry and a threat from the ACLU of Ohio (ironic, considering nobody seemed too outraged last year when Zanotti and his mystery crew drafted the county’s now-adopted charter in ... private meetings).

Our first suggestion for McCafferty and friends: How about holding work group meetings exclusively in public venues? A run-down of the rest of this month’s transition schedule shows early-afternoon work sessions (sorry, working people) in Forest City Enterprises’ offices and Key Tower. Then again, those venues are probably fitting, considering the corporate fingerprints all over this process (Forest City and its board chairman, Sam Miller, gave a total of $50,000 to the charter campaign; KeyCorp dished out $30,000).

The public will likely get to meet some intriguing players in the county transition on Wednesday night, when the “public engagement” committee faces the community for the first time. The group already held one secret meeting earlier this month, in the Key Center offices of Thompson Hine (which gave $20,000 to the charter campaign).

One such player to watch is Robyn Minter Smyers (right), an Ivy League-educated corporate/real estate lawyer with Thompson Hine. How interested was Smyers in county restructuring? The Shaker Heights lawyer cared enough to fork over $1,000 of her own money to the Issue 6 campaign.

Another person to keep an eye on is Randall McShepard, vice-president of public affairs for RPM International Inc., in Medina. McShepard, of Beachwood, was one of 30 people vying for a spot on the charter commission that would have been formed if Issue 5 had passed (McShepard eventually dropped out of the race). McShepard co-founded PolicyBridge, a local think tank that focuses on “urban policy issues and inform regional public policy debates by framing issues of relevance to the minority community."

McShepard’s employer also gave $10,000 to the Issue 6 campaign. RPM gained another foothold in local government this month when Mayor Frank Jackson appointed RPM exectuive Paul Hoogenboom to the Cuyahoga-Cleveland Port Authority board of directors. — Damian Guevara

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